Cheat River Review Submission Guidelines

Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. 

All Submissions Should Include:
  • The author's name, address, and telephone number at the top left of the first page. 
  • 1-inch margins.
  • The page number, author's last name, and/or the submission's title as a header on the top right of every page.
We prefer to read submissions that include a cover letter with a short third person bio.

For Fiction / Nonfiction / Flash Only:
For Poetry Only: 
  • All poems and titles should be aligned to the left unless there is an intentional choice on the part of the author. 
We accept original and previously unpublished poetry. Please submit 3 to 5 poems in a single document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your poems have been considered before submitting again.

*Although we accept submissions for poetry throughout the year, because we are a university-based journal, our response time will be longer for submissions that come in from mid-March through August.
We accept manuscripts of no more than 4,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until one piece per genre has been considered before submitting another.

*Although we accept submissions for nonfiction throughout the year, because we are a university-based journal, our response time will be longer for submissions that come in from mid-March through August.

We accept manuscripts of up to three flash pieces (<1000 words). Please include all flash submissions in one file. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your flash manuscript has been considered before submitting another.

*Although we accept submissions for flash nonfiction throughout the year, because we are a university-based journal, our response time will be longer for submissions that come in from mid-March through August.

For cover art, acceptable file formats are jpg, pdf, png, tif. Upload a low-res version of your image(s), or provide a link to a specific piece (or pieces) of art. Please limit your file size to 2 megabytes or smaller. We will ask for the full-res file if your artwork is accepted. Our cover size is 6 x 8.25 inches, on screen at 576 x 795 px.

*Although we accept submissions for cover-art throughout the year, because we are a university-based journal, our response time will be longer for submissions that come in from mid-March through August.